In October, I read and reviewed only titles that I deem to be Harrowing Historicals, and I guess the mood for those creepy reads has stuck with me, because I couldn’t resist the opportunity to giveaway two sets of Rick Yancey’s The Monstrumologist & The Curse of The Wendigo. The books are set in the 19th century and feature 12-year-old, Will Henry, the young apprentice to a scientist dedicated to the study and destruction of monsters.
I am about 100 pages into The Monstrumologist and it is immediately an engaging and enjoyable read. I am reading a bit against my will in the sense that this book features flesh eating monsters- those are not my favorite kind of monster- but the characters are so interesting. Will Henry is orphaned, and a reluctant assistant to say the least, and the good doctor is definitely a bit selfish and is possession of a one track mind. I am looking forward to seeing how they continue to deal with each other. Poor Will doesn’t seem to have that many options available to him.
Following, is a bit about each book. Enter below for the opportunity to win one of two sets of books from the publisher, Simon and Schuster. I will draw and announce a winner, next Saturday, November 27.
These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for nearly ninety years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me . . . and the one who cursed me.
So starts the diary of Will Henry, orphan and assistant to a doctor with a most unusual specialty: monster hunting. In the short time he has lived with the doctor, Will has grown accustomed to his late night callers and dangerous business. But when one visitor comes with the body of a young girl and the monster that was eating her, Will’s world is about to change forever. The doctor has discovered a baby Anthropophagus—a headless monster that feeds through a mouth in its chest—and it signals a growing number of Anthropophagi. Now, Will and the doctor must face the horror threatening to overtake and consume our world before it is too late.
While attempting to disprove that Homo vampiris, the vampire, could exist, Dr. Warthrop is asked by his former fiancé to rescue her husband from the Wendigo, a creature that starves even as it gorges itself on human flesh, which has snatched him in the Canadian wilderness. Although Warthrop also considers the Wendigo to be fictitious, he relents and rescues her husband from death and starvation, and then sees the man transform into a Wendigo. Can the doctor and Will Henry hunt down the ultimate predator, who, like the legendary vampire, is neither living nor dead, whose hunger for human flesh is never satisfied? This second book in The Monstrumologist series explores the line between myth and reality, love and hate, genius and madness.